Many people like to dabble in home improvement, and engage in several DIY projects for their homes. While the activity can indeed be an engaging hobby, some homeowners risk making amateur mistakes, like employing the wrong tools or choosing the wrong materials for roofs. The latter is particularly important because, as renowned construction expert Bob Vila says, some roofing materials are better suited for certain architectural types and not for others.
For example, slate is widely considered to be one of the toughest and most reliable roofing materials around, but it is usually too heavy for a small house. Meanwhile, green roofs (i.e. roofs that make use of vegetative coverings) are lauded as energy-efficient and environment-friendly, but they require labor-intensive and complex construction processes. These factors may not be apparent from typical DIY resources, and can only be learned from consulting with the experts, such as Ohio Exteriors.
Ideally, residential properties are built taking a number of factors into account, some of which may be more significant than others. The local climate plays an important role in building homes; and in fact is the basis for many of the provisions in a local building code. A homeowner’s choice of replacement windows, in particular, should be influenced by the climate in their location.
Deborah L. O’Mara gives some pointers on choosing window replacements according to the climate in your area:
“In order to make your home as energy efficient as possible, it’s important to determine the best window for your climate: one that keeps heat out in the summer and, in the winter, keeps it in.
In older homes, windows are often one of the largest sources of heat loss in winter, due to air leakage and the windows’ low insulating qualities. Windows are also the major source of unwanted heat gain in the summer.
The HomeDoctor website has a feature that extolls the ease of maintaining fiber cement siding. Fiber cement, formed from a mixture of wood fiber and cement, is both sturdy and resilient. In fact, it’s so resilient that homeowners can simply use a power washer to scrub clean their siding:
“There are several things to keep in mind as you clean your fiber cement siding. Generally, fiber cement siding is most easily cleaned using a power washer. A hose can work, but the pressure is often not enough to get rid of any resistant dirt, mildew, or mold. Also, you should clean your fiber cement siding annually to keep the dirt and mildew from building up.”
Fiber cement is an extremely hardy building material, and as siding, it will serve homeowners well for a very long time. The composite material might not sound like much, yet fiber cement has a list of benefits that all householders should properly consider before dismissing the option of using it as siding. Those interested in installing fiber cement siding in Columbus, Ohio will need the expertise of contractors like Ohio Exteriors to achieve a superior fit.
An article on the newsnet5.com website dated January 6, 2014 explains why homeowners can sometimes hear popping and creaking within their residences during winter. Apparently, the low temperatures of the season are causing parts of the house to warp and crack, and it can reach a point wherein homeowners can actually hear their homes react to the cold.
“For this, you can blame the cold weather. Its a basic law of physics — warm things expand, colder things contract.
The extreme and rapid drop from unseasonably warm temperatures (near 40° F on Sunday) to record setting low temperatures the next day (-15° F), causes a rapid shrinking in all building materials exposed to the cold.
While the house stays warm on the inside, the siding and exterior boards are reacting to the extreme cold temperatures on the outside. The cold causes the outside of your home to quickly shrink. This puts stress on joints, nails and bolts. When the pressure is released quickly, the result is a loud popping noise or “bang.”
The Chicago Tribune has a feature published on its website, dated December 6, 2013, that lists a number of housekeeping DIYs that can quickly turn too dangerous for homeowners to attempt. Indeed, many homeowners (particularly men) want to do their own upkeep and repairs; however some jobs are so dangerous it’s best to leave the work to a seasoned professional. The article cites roofing as one such challenging and hazardous project:
A question and answer column on the Daily Herald news portal published last December 8, 2013 offers several solutions to readers experiencing housekeeping problems. The column largely deals with issues related to cold temperatures; a fitting theme, considering the current winter season. One of the issues raised by a reader revolves around foggy double paned window:
Homeowners start a home improvement project for two common reasons. The first is that they have plans to put up their homes for sale in the near future and thus want the homes to make a good impression on potential buyers. The second reason is that homeowners want a functional improvement. Whatever their objectives are, homeowners can consider home remodeling projects that give the most value for their investment, as Kentin Waits of Moneytalksnews.com explains.
Columbus is no stranger to constantly changing weather conditions. Every year, the city deals with tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and blizzards. This year’s hodgepodge of weather conditions is no different from previous years with one notable exception: according to Randy Ludlow of the Columbus Dispatch, the wintry blast last December 6 was the snowiest on record so far.